Monday, October 19, 2009

Squeaky Clean

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The Drapers were crusty little kittens when they arrived, so baths were unavoidable. The bathing part is easy with kittens this small. They are frightened, so they just go limp and don't put up much of a fight. The hard part is getting them dry.

I have a very quiet hair dryer, and even on the lowest setting, the noise is awfully scary to the babes. The second you turn it on, their instinct to flee kicks in, and they use every ounce of strength they have to get away. It's a fight to the finish.

When it's all over and they're fluffy, warm and dry, you can tell they feel much better.

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Here's Gordon, fresh from his bath and looking fine.

25 comments:

  1. Fresh and fluffy! But I think there's still a tiny hint of reproach in his gaze ...

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  2. He looks great. When my parents took home a pair of farm kittens 20 years ago we gave them a bath. It made a world of difference. I remember wrapping the male kitten in a towel to dry him off. Mom said I had a friend for life. He became my cat and I stayed with him until the end.

    Are there any before/after pictures we can see please?

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  3. Poor little booboos.. baths and noisy hair dryers are the worst! Until you meet the vacuum cleaner, of course. Ms Bean will protect you!

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  4. Awwww.... Gordon cleans up beautifully. You might try using a diffuser on the end of the hairdryer, it mufffles the sound a little bit and offers a gentler drying experience.

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  5. i can see he already loves you. sweet little kitties.

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  6. Laurie, how you get these kittens to pose like you do is beyond me.

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  7. I have such a soft spot for orange kitties!! Too adorable!

    Cheers!

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  8. I was going to ask what "G" asked :~) And oh, that face ❤

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  9. Any more tiny wet kitten pics? Not that I like to see them scared, but they're even smaller and look even more in need of love when they're still wet from the bath... I mean, look at that top picture and tell me you don't want to hold that little dollbaby Milly in a cuddly warm towel for the rest of your life.

    I dare you.

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  10. Absolutely the most beautiful marmie girl and boy ever!

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  11. Gordon. Oh. My. God. Could he be any more delicious!

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  12. Gordon has the sweetest face...he looks like a fur angel.

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  13. Awww. As much as they fight and they're scared, they also feel SO much better once they're clean, warm, dry and fluffy. Kitties and kittens just hate to be crusty and dirty! What a little sweet pea. xo

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  14. Fluffy indeed :). We have not introduced Jada to a bath at our place yet (she's pretty good about keeping herself clean) but she is definitely afraid of loud things like the hair dryer. She's also intrigued by them -- the paper shredder gets lots of attention for some reason (from a safe distance).

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  15. such dolls! Oh, talk about warm fuzzies

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  16. such sweet babies. Don't you feel so much better once you're clean and fluffy?

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  17. He looks so handsome! I saw what you meant about being a little crusty with sweet little Milly's picture. I can't wait to see her a floofy and clean, too! They are all so cute!

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  18. oooooh soooo sweet. What an adorable kitten. Squeeee.

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  19. oh look at his face after the bath..he might think: "Thanks Laurie..I am clean and dry now..but I did not like the bath..so I will get you soon!!" - He is such a handsome dude...

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  20. More bath pictures pleeease!

    D'aaw. Little Milly is so my favourite. Itty bitty gingers!

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  21. Such beautiful floofie-ness. "Thanks Mom. Much better now."

    Six-year-old Maren was rescued by our vet techs Marisa and Sharon. She'd been abused and abandoned and was as grimy and godforsaken as could be. While bathing her, they had difficulty removing a particularly stubborn smudge of dirt from a white paw. It took them a while to realize it was actually a patch of gray on her white sock. :)

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  22. Sweet Millie - you look so very overwhelmed by your bath. But you ended up looking sweetly gorgeous!

    And you bigger bro is lookin' like quite the dude in his fluffitude!!

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  23. He is such a cutie! But I am amazed they tolerate the hair dryer at all - I gave up after the big blood draw of '97 - towel dry usually gets them pretty close and I keep them snuggled in dry towels as much as possible.

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